Date Number #11

Sabbath Rest

Have you ever entered into the kind of rest Hebrews 4 talks about? Verse 9-11 says this, “There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.  Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.” This kind of rest isn’t natural to our frenetic, busy-body lifestyles.  We sometimes forget the call to take one day off of our work.  These days, I even recommend trying to take a sabbath from cell phones and social media so that we can simply listen.

Our date today is at one of my favorite beaches in Solana Beach, CA.  Seaside Beach is a spot I have gone to for years to pray and rest.  It’s the perfect place to breathe in the ocean spray and have a picnic.  I picked up some cheese from Venissimo Cheese with a big baguette and some Pellegrino.  The ocean is always an inspiring force for my creative juices.  As we sat together and I pondered Sabbath Rest I penned this poem-like prayer:

In the still, quiet place I wait-A deep exhale exits my anxious lungs.  I cease striving.  My soul stirs and thirsts for you.  Covenant; Colorful and Constant invitation.  An extravagant welcoming me into wholesome and nourishing rest.  I eat of your goodness. Your banqueting banner of love surrounds me.  I feed on your sweetness.  It fortifies my bones.  You are my only yearning.  It’s where I find oneness and belonging.  I am fulfilled infinitely.  My being bubbles over with sheer delight.  I am grateful.  I am whole.  I am complete now.  Amen

Have you been pushing so hard in your current lifestyle and possibly facing burn-out? Are you receiving any clear signals that something needs to change?  Do you think you are able to strip everything down to the most basic elements of healthy living in order to have more rest? We are going to spend a few moments of prayer over this area of our lives.

Dear Jesus~I desire the radical kind of rest spoken of in Hebrews 4.  I confess I spend much of my life running and I want to do less.  I pray that I might do less in order to have the most blessing of a full physical, emotional and spiritual healing.  My identity in you is not in my performance.  I believe that you have made me to live a life that has a balance between effort and work.  Enliven my mind in your word and help me to stop and retreat with you.  The rest you ordain is the best type of medicine.  I want to breathe in a fresh breathe of your Holy Spirit right now in this moment.  I love being restored in your presence.  Please heal me in all ways as I trust you to rest.  Thank you that you lead me beside quiet waters and green pastures.  Thank you that you restore my soul.  I love you Lord and it’s in your name I pray.  Amen